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Dan Pitcher
Offensive Assistant/Wide Receivers

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Dan Pitcher is in his second season on the Bengals coaching staff, serving as offensive assistant/wide receivers coach. He will work with WRs coach James Urban in on-field coaching and support the offensive staff in multiple areas of scouting and game preparation.

Dan Pitcher is in his second season on the Bengals coaching staff, serving as offensive assistant/wide receivers coach. He will work with WRs coach James Urban in on-field coaching and support the offensive staff in multiple areas of scouting and game preparation.

      In 2016, Pitcher had a role in superstar WR A.J. Green reaching new heights prior to an injury, and he helped integrate new talent in the WR group. Though Green missed all but two snaps of the last seven games, due to a hamstring injury, he was on pace through nine games for the finest season of his stellar career. He had 66 catches for 964 yards, which wound up as his season totals, but at the nine-game mark, those numbers projected to 16-game totals of 117 catches and 1714 yards. Both of those totals would have been Bengals
season records, and the receiving yards total would have set a new mark by nearly 300 yards.

      The coaching staff faced a challenge beyond Green, as two talented wideouts, Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu, parlayed their Cincinnati success into free agency opportunities with other teams. But in their absences, the Bengals got excellent production from two new faces, veteran free agent Brandon LaFell and rookie Tyler Boyd.

      LaFell totaled 64 catches for 862 yards, both figures ranking as the second-highest of his seven-year career. Boyd totaled 54 catches and 603 yards, and he led all NFL rookies in third-down catches (22) while tying for the rookie lead in third-down catches that produced first downs (16). LaFell and Boyd combined for 118 catches and 1465 yards, comfortably outpacing the total of 98 catches and 1210 yards produced by Jones and Sanu in 2015, in what was their best combined year.

      Prior to joining the Bengals, Pitcher spent four seasons in player personnel with the Indianapolis Colts. He served in 2014-15 as a pro scout, promoted to that position after working as a scouting assistant from ’12-13.

      With the Colts, Pitcher was part of a football operation that compiled a 41-23 regular-season record (.641), with three playoff berths, including two AFC South championships, and one trip to the AFC Championship Game. Pitcher was responsible for advance scouting reports on opponents, evaluation of free agents, monitoring rosters and evaluating players on other teams.

      Before joining the Colts, Pitcher began 2012 coaching wide receivers at his alma mater, Cortland State, a part of New York’s state university system. From 2009-11, he was a three-year starter at quarterback for Cortland State and was a finalist as a senior for the Gagliardi Trophy, presented annually to the most outstanding Division III football player.

      Pitcher was born in Cortland, N.Y. on Jan. 13, 1987, and lives in Cincinnati with his wife, Marissa. He graduated from Cortland State with a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2010, and he earned a master’s degree in sport management in ’11. He shares an alumni connection with Bengals assistant head coach/offensive line coach Paul Alexander, who also played football at Cortland State and graduated from the school.

 

            Playing, scouting and coaching history: 2008-11—Played QB at SUNY Cortland. 2012—Assistant coach (AC), Cortland State. 2012-13—Scouting assistant, Indianapolis Colts. 2014-15—Pro scout, Indianapolis Colts. 2016-present—AC, Bengals.

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